So I've had my boy for about 14 months. For the first year, I was in a very bad stabling situation. Long story short, I was barely ever able to ride. Lets say about once a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Now that I've been at my new barn for about two months now, I've had lots and lots of time to ride. I ride about 3-4 times a week. Big difference! I've recently found that my horse is seemed to be between 18 and 22 years old. He was sold to me as a 13 year old. It is hard to tell more exactly, because he cribs. I am going to send his tattoo number to the Jockey Club (he's an OTTB) soon to find out his history AND age.
Lately since I've gotten to riding him so much, he's showing his age. He's had a fairly bad sway back, but its never really gotten in our way. His back has been tender to the touch. His legs are getting stiff after rides more. I got him a wither relief pad, which does help some.
Someone told me to try a joint supplement. I'm not sure what he needs though. I don't really have the money to put him on anything expensive.
So the same person I've been talking to brought the fact of selling him to a more relaxed home. This summer I want to do a lot of new things like paperchases and shows, etc. I don't see how Drake will be fit for the job. It breaks my heart at the very thought of selling him. He is my first and only horse. It already brings tears to my eyes to think about it.
What would you do?